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More Than 1.4 Million Autogas Vehicles Will be Sold Annually Worldwide by 2020

US-set-to-propose-new-auto-fuel-and-emissions-rules_295x220With a cost per gallon significantly lower than gasoline or diesel in many countries, and at least an initial existing infrastructure, the vehicle market for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), otherwise known as propane or autogas, seems poised for growth.  However, increasing interest in compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel, along with hesitation by both biofuel producers and auto manufacturers to make a significant investment in autogas, will most likely limit future growth in this sector to a slow and steady pace.  According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the number of autogas vehicles sold worldwide each year will surpass 1.4 million by 2020. Continue reading

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Black Earth Project helps Equip Farmers to Combat Climate Change

RWANDA–()–Radio Lifeline, a non-profit based in the US, announces the launch of the Black Earth Project, a new initiative designed to help farmers mitigate the growing effects of climate change. Radio Lifeline’s partner in this project is re:char, a leading developer of small-scale biochar technologies, based in Kenya. Major funding for the Black Earth Project is being provided by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), headquartered in Waterbury, VT.

The Black Earth Project is a two-year research project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of biochar when used as a soil amendment by smallholder coffee and pyrethrum farmers in Rwanda. Biochar is produced through a process called pyrolysis, or the burning of dried biomass in a low or zero oxygen environment. The process prevents combustion and the usual release of carbon dioxide, black carbon and other greenhouse gases associated with traditional charcoal production methods. Continue reading

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Total Capacity of U.S. Department of Defense Renewable Energy Installations Will Quadruple by 2025

dodThe U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) currently spends approximately $20 billion per year directly on energy, consuming 3.8 billion kilowatts hours (kWh) of electricity and 120 million barrels of oil per year.  The effort to reduce energy costs and reliance on fossil fuels – often purchased from countries hostile to U.S. interests – and increase energy security, particularly for forward operating bases (FOBs), is driving sweeping changes to DOD policies around energy.

In particular, the DOD has ambitious plans to increase its use of renewable energy.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources for the U.S. military will grow from 80 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to more than 3,200 MW by 2025 – increasing more than four-fold in 12 years. Continue reading

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CMT’s Algae World MENA Summit brings global algae specialists and experts to Dubai

algaeDUBAI, United Arab Emirates–()–Mideast and North Africa are emerging as a key R&D hub for algae based products with cutting edge research and technology projects at Qatar, Abu Dhabi University, Masdar Institute and University of Mansoura Egypt, Kuwait Institute of Scientific ResearchCentre for Management Technology’s Algae World MENA Summit in Dubai on February 25-27 will see the largest congregation of global algae experts to analyze and assess the future growth for an algae driven economy. Continue reading

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Eco-Energy and Corn Plus Ethanol Announce Ethanol Marketing Agreement

FRANKLIN, Tenn.–()–Eco-Energy, Inc., a leading bio-fuel supply chain company, announced today the execution of a multiyear ethanol marketing agreement with Corn Plus Ethanol, a 49 million gallon plant located in Winnebago, MN. The addition of Corn Plus marks Eco-Energy’s second addition to their marketing platform in the past nine months.

“In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to have an integrated platform and partner that is focused on plant margins by offering the tools and knowledge necessary to help our partners succeed,” stated Chad Martin, CEO of Eco-Energy. “We are very excited about the partnership with Corn Plus and the opportunity to bring economies of scale and a sophisticated platform to another independent producer, which adds value to their business.” Continue reading

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World’s Largest CFB Biomass Power Plant Now in Commercial Operation

ZUG, Switzerland–()–Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that the GDF Suez power plant located in Polaniec, Poland, is now in commercial operation, delivering over 200 MWe of electricity to the country’s electricity grid solely from biomass.

The plant is powered by the world’s largest and most advanced biomass CFB (circulating fluidized-bed) boiler, which was supplied by Foster Wheeler. CFB technology is capable of fully firing a wide range of biomasses and other fuels, including those derived from agricultural crops. “Agro” biomass can be produced much faster and on a larger scale than longer growth wood-based biomasses, thus improving the economics and sustainability of biomass power. Continue reading

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Shell Grants Codexis Rights to Commercialize Cellulase Enzymes for Biofuels

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDXS), a developer of cost-advantaged processes for the production of biofuels, bio-based chemicals and pharmaceuticals, today announced that the company has signed an agreement (the “New Agreement”) with Shell to expand Codexis’ ability to commercialize its CodeXymeTM cellulase enzymes.

“Codexis has developed some of the most cost effective and competitively advantaged cellulase enzymes in the world. Securing the rights to market these enzymes to advanced biofuel companies outside of Shell is a major milestone for the company”
Under the New Agreement, which is effective August 31, 2012, Shell has granted Codexis a royalty-bearing, non-exclusive license to develop, manufacture, use and sell cellulase enzymes developed under the companies’ Amended and Restated Collaborative Research Agreement, effective November 1, 2006 (the “Shell Research Agreement”). The scope of the New Agreement is worldwide, except Brazil, for enzymes used in the biofuels field. Codexis already has exclusive rights to commercialize its cellulase enzymes in other fields. Continue reading

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Nike, Levi’s & REI Measure Impact – Hormel Environmental Goals – Simpact on SROI

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which includes Nike, REI, Target, and Levi’s, has released its Higg Index, a new, online tool to help footwear and apparel developers measure the social impacts of their products. The trade group represents more than one third of the world’s footwear and apparel market.

Hormel Foods has announced its second set of five-year environmental goals to reduce water use, packaging, and waste. The company surpassed the goals on key metrics in its first five-year plan, reducing packaging by 22 million pounds and reducing water consumption by 15 percent.

Simpact Strategy Group has reported on its Social Return on Investment methodology as a way to value social outcomes. The Group’s report examines Social Impact Bonds, a new tool to finance social innovation, and how the company’s SROI methodology evaluates its multiple forms of value.

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